This had pundits questioning how much of the film Howard has redone - following talk Lord and Miller were axed because they strayed too far from Lucasfilm's vision of the instalment.
"He told me just trust my instincts, you know?" Reportedly reshooting a big portion of the movie, it's hard to know whether the finished product will be anywhere near the same as it could have once been.
"I think George felt pretty great about that", Kennedy said.
Now, a detailed piece from Entertainment Weekly breaks this down and explains the inside story behind Lord and Miller being fired and Ron Howard being brought in to finish the film. "Sometimes people break up, and it's really sad, and it's really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we're better filmmakers for it". One wonders if Howard merely means that the actors' character prep with the 22 Jump Street directors is present, as there was certainly not enough time for the new boss - who entered the picture just before Lord & Miller were set to wrap principal photography - to remold each performance as he saw fit. "But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine [the film and TV production company], and I had not planned to direct anything previous year", he explains. "I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help". Hopefully, Lucas was able to give Howard some advice that will help him deliver the film that fans are hoping for.
What she didn't reveal, though, and what we still don't know, is just how much of Solo Howard actually helmed.
However, when adjustments are made for inflation, "A New Hope", one of the first summer blockbusters from the 1970s as the film industry changed, leads all the "Star Wars" films.
As Carey Mulligan pointed out to Variety: "If [Mudbound director and screenwriter] Dee Rees was a white man she'd be directing the next Star Wars". If you look up Longcross Studios in Chertsey, where Solo was shot, on the satellite image service and then head a little to the East, you can clearly see Han Solo's spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.